Public education employees, including person in jobs as varied as community-college faculty, school psychologists and janitors, quitting their jobs at the fastest rate since such figures were first compiled in 2001.
In the first 10 months of 2018, public educators quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 a month, the newspaper said, citing the Labor Department.
Although the overall rate for U.S. workers was much higher — 231 jobs quit per 10,000 workers in 2018 — the figure for teachers and other public education employees was a record high and the continuation of a disturbing trend.
For years, teachers have complained that they’re overworked and under appreciated as states have stripped away work protections, cut school budgets and blamed them for student underperformance.
“Funding for public education in several states hasn’t yet recovered from cuts during the downturn,” the Journal reported.
The educators may be finding new jobs at other schools, or leaving education altogether,” the newspaper reported.
According to the Labor Department data, a million public school workers quit during the 12-month period ended in October. »